National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Issues Statement in Response to Hate Crimes

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Issues Statement in Response to Hate Crimes

Jamie Glavic
(513) 802-7355
jglavic@nurfc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Issues
Statement in Response to Hate Crimes 
CINCINNATI, OH (October 27, 2018) – We are heartbroken by the loss of life at a Kroger store in Louisville and today’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our hearts are with those recovering from their injuries and the families of those whose lives were cut short by individuals motivated by hate. Racism and anti-Semitism do not exist in a vacuum. There has been a continuum of events that have led to the normalization of oppressive actions, behaviors, and beliefs. It is up to each of us to take a stand and confront hate.The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is committed to standing against hatred, racism, and social injustice. In times of increasing social division and public strife, we must be vocal and active participants in finding a constructive path forward. Progress is a radical and intentional act – one collective step at a time in uniting against hate.

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About National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.
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